Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Don't Pick Up Baby Calves


 Livestock Brand Inspectors Caution:  Don’t Pick Up Baby Calves

     Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) livestock brand inspectors are asking residents to not pick up or touch a baby calf that may appear to be abandoned by their mother cow.  This is the time of year cows give birth to calves and sometimes the mother is not in the immediate area of the young animal.  This does not mean the calf has been left behind by the herd.

     UDAF brand inspector, Shyrel Baker was contacted by a cattle rancher in Sevier County who retrieved one of his calves from someone who took home the animal thinking it was abandoned by its mother.

      “The person, who had good intentions, saw the calf in some brush and took it home believing it was left behind,” Baker said.  “Luckily there was an ear tag on the calf that contained the owner’s phone number,” he added.

     Baker’s advice is that even though it may seem as though you are doing a good deed by taking home the  calf, you are actually putting the young animal as risk since few people have the proper food available to nourish a day old calf.  Quite often mother cows leave their calves in a location while they go off to feed.  When they return, and can’t find their calf, they will search and call out to the animal for days.


Contact: Shyrel Baker (435) 979-5339
Larry Lewis (801) 538-7104
 Cell (801) 514-2152



posted: April 22, 2015